Since joining hotel, tourism, transport and catering group Abu Dhabi National Hotels as chief executive officer in November 2008, Richard Riley has been instrumental in steering the growth of the group and the timely development of two iconic new hotels opening in the fourth quarter of this year: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island and The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal.
In total, AED 2.5 billion (US $680 million) is being invested in the properties, AED 1 billion ($272 million) of this generated by shares owned by the company. As the first Park Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton branded hotels in the capital, they are expected to breathe new life into Abu Dhabi’s luxury sector.
ADNH owns six other hotels in the UAE, the older of which Riley is focused on bringing up to international standard via a series of best use studies, and he expects the group to expand beyond the UAE for the first time, most likely into Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in the near future.
Riley has also launched a new restaurant division within ADNH to “lure” global F&B brands to Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining ADNH, Riley was the managing director of Emaar Hotels Management LLC, based in Dubai. He has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality-related sector including tenures in the Middle East working as the director of operations for InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.